Rugby Crime Overview

Rugby is the safest major town in Warwickshire, and is the 40th most dangerous overall out of Warwickshire's 222 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rugby in 2020 was 75 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Warwickshire's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the Warwickshire rate of 66 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rugby is the 44th safest major town, and the 1,179th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Rugby had the worst crime rate in Warwickshire for bicycle theft, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Rugby residents, when it was Warwickshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 22 crimes at a rate of 0.30 per 1,000 residents. Rugby recorded 53 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.72 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Warwickshire that month.

The most common crimes in Rugby are violence and sexual offences, with 2,576 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 2.0% higher than 2019's figure of 2,525 offences and a difference of 0.69 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Rugby's least common crime is theft from the person, with 33 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 61% from 2019's figure of 53 crimes.

Compare Rugby to other towns and cities

See how Rugby shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Rugby and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Rugby Compared To Warwickshire

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Summary of Crimes in Rugby This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,95826.4714,95625.882.2% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft851.154130.7138% more dangerous
Burglary2553.452,4314.2122% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5046.813,5316.1110% more dangerous
Drugs2463.331,2772.2134% more dangerous
Other Crime1301.768741.5114% more dangerous
Other Theft3765.083,2455.6110% safer
Possession of Weapons841.144840.8426% more dangerous
Public Order4345.872,8104.8617% more dangerous
Robbery640.873150.5537% more dangerous
Shoplifting4125.572,6244.5418% more dangerous
Theft From the Person330.452230.3913% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3534.773,6736.3633% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,57634.8216,00327.6920% more dangerous

Rugby Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Nuneaton7,26280.317% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rugby

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Rugby Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour31272326Safer
Bicycle Theft2.
Criminal Damage and Arson91097Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft7785Safer
Possession of Weapons0.730.841.11.1Getting worse
Public Order54.856Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.720.681.30.87Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.951.00.720.45Safer
Vehicle Crime6864.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27303435Getting worse

Changes In Rugby's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Rugby's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Rugby that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Newbold Quarry Park11----01.2
The Millennium Green----1411
Whinfield Recreation Ground1----00.10

Comparing Rugby to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7111% safer
Coventry77.413.0% more dangerous
Croydon83.2210% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8113% more dangerous
Bristol86.2113% more dangerous
Leicester97.4423% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8727% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2830% more dangerous
Bradford133.0244% more dangerous
Leeds137.1045% more dangerous

Crime in Rugby's Neighbourhoods

Town North & Newbold on Avon is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Rugby, followed by Town South & School in second place, and Brownsover as the third most dangerous area. Rugby's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Eastlands, Hillmorton, and Overslade & Bilton.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
New Bilton72486Fourth
Overslade & Bilton43440Seventh
Town East58282Fifth
Town North & Newbold on Avon1,270168First
Town South & School56995Second

Rugby Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Rugby for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourEastlands (82)Town North & Newbold on Avon (395)
Bicycle TheftOverslade & Bilton (1)Town North & Newbold on Avon (31)
BurglaryHillmorton (15)Town North & Newbold on Avon (61)
Criminal Damage and ArsonEastlands (16)Town North & Newbold on Avon (112)
DrugsHillmorton (5)Town North & Newbold on Avon (76)
Other CrimeEastlands (2)Town North & Newbold on Avon (31)
Other TheftEastlands (8)Town South & School (77)
Possession of WeaponsEastlands (1)Town North & Newbold on Avon (29)
Public OrderEastlands (6)Town North & Newbold on Avon (100)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hillmorton (1)Town North & Newbold on Avon (15)
ShopliftingTown East (3)Town North & Newbold on Avon (126)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Overslade & Bilton (2)Town North & Newbold on Avon (14)
Vehicle CrimeOverslade & Bilton (16)Town North & Newbold on Avon (66)
Violence and Sexual OffencesEastlands (80)Town North & Newbold on Avon (521)

Crime in Rugby During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Rugby change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Rugby saw a 275% increase in drugs. Rugby saw a large fall in bicycle theft during October, when it fell by 92% compared to October in 2019. Bicycle Theft saw a fall in every month of Rugby's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-15%+168%+53%+6%+1%-31%-1%+20%+35%+29%
Bicycle Theft-50%-50%-26%-8%-80%-46%-35%-92%+33%-17%
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%-38%-33%-52%-9%+21%+14%-46%-29%-12%
Other Crime-36%-22%+29%+186%-38%-17%-9%+14%+175%-
Other Theft-14%-56%-37%-46%-27%-40%-44%-38%-21%-55%
Possession of Weapons+83%-9%-43%-17%-13%+133%+100%-36%-63%+100%
Public Order-4%+8%-+50%+16%+89%-8%-13%+23%+29%
Theft From the Person-50%+100%-86%--75%+100%----
Vehicle Crime+21%-+38%-31%+3%+7%-70%-57%-58%-70%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%+14%+6%+19%+18%+9%-1%-21%-13%+8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Rugby

What police force serves Rugby?
Rugby's local territorial police force is the Warwickshire Police.
How dangerous is Rugby?
Rugby is the safest major town in Warwickshire.
What is Rugby's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Rugby are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Rugby?
Rugby's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021